QUA – Quartiere Bene Comune (neighbourhood, common good)



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Organisation name Municipality of Reggio Emilia

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QUA – Quartiere Bene Comune (neighbourhood, common good) is an experience developed by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia (Italy). The project was implemented in response to the need to redefine the relationship between the centre of public decisions, the municipality and the territories (neighbourhoods, hamlets and villas), because of the suppression of the ‘Circoscrizioni’ (a form of administrative decentralisation existing in Italy since the 1970s).

The Circoscrizioni had played an important role from the point of view of participation and consultation of citizens since, thanks to the action of the elected bodies, relations between the central administration and the territories had remained constant. QUA represented for the municipality its own modality of reinterpretation both of the model of decentralisation of services and of the forms of representative and deliberative democracy, with the aim of building a co-city model.

This model is based on the paradigm of co-responsibility of the government of urban commons, which is understood as services to the person and territorial infrastructures. On this, the territorial communities and the administration act responsibly and jointly in public policy decisions through the experimentation of innovative models of services and projects community.

In its four-year development, the process involved 1500 participants between citizens and local authorities, and 784 subscribers of citizenship agreements. Around 27 agreements were signed for a total of 163 projects. The adopted policy evaluation dashboard also tested a compound indicator to measure the social capital generated within the collaborative experience. The municipality continues to make effective use of the platform and find areas of growth and improvement.

The project was implemented in four stages: citizenship laboratory, co-design, assumption of commitments, and management and monitoring.

The data on the level of satisfaction confirm the following: 78.5% of projects were successfully completed with a satisfaction level of 83.5% for the project leaders.

Around 2700 volunteers were involved in the project, for a total of over 30 000 hours of activities spent for the common good.

The 163 projects made it possible to satisfy the service demand of almost 14 000 users in different policy areas and to disseminate these opportunities in a proportional relationship with the ‘territorial disadvantage’ (in the suburbs), allowing a rebalancing of opportunities, and social and territorial cohesion.

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